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Hudson stops Superior 1-0

(Jed Carlson/jcarlson@superiortelegram.com) Superior’s Derek Fender (12) makes a stop at third base during the Spartans playoff game with Hudson in Superior on Tuesday evening.1 / 4
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The season ended for the Superior High School baseball team with a 1-0 loss to the Hudson Raiders Tuesday evening at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex.

The Spartans and Raiders were locked in a scoreless pitching duel through four innings when their WIAA Division 1 regional contest was postponed for two hours because of lightning and rain.

Pitching for Superior was Brandon Wing, who retired eight straight batters until allowing a double by David Miller with two outs in the third inning.

Wing got out of that jam with a ground out.

Wing got out of a bigger jam in the fourth inning when he retired the first two batters before an error and two singles loaded the bases.

Wing got the next batter swinging and then got a fly out to keep Hudson off the board.

Hudson’s Jack Erickson was equally impressive.

The sophomore allowed Ben Rhodes’ lead-off single in the first inning then retired the next six batters.

He walked Devin Samarzia to lead off the third, but then got Wing to ground into a 5-4-3 double play.

He completed the inning with another ground out then retired the first two batters of the fourth inning before Isaac Rios singled. The fourth inning ended with a Derek Fender fly out.

The pitching duel continued after the delay.

Drake Samarzia, who took over for Wing, allowed an infield single in the fifth inning and retired the side in order in the sixth before running into trouble in the seventh.

Meanwhile, Erickson continued pitching for Hudson and survived a fifth-inning walk and two sixth-inning singles.

Hudson’s seventh inning started with a walk to Ryan Rubin. Luke Healy followed with a fielder’s choice on an attempted bunt, moved to second on an errant pick-off attempt and went to third on Teddy Donna’s fly out to right.

A batter later Healy scored the winning run when David Miller’s hard grounder skipped past Superior’s second baseman.

Healy, a freshman, then took over on the mound for Erickson and struck out three of the four batters he faced to pick up the save.

Superior finished with four hits, two by Rhodes and one each by Mason Moen and Rios.

Wing and Drake Samarzia struck out three and walked two, while Erickson and Healy struck out seven and walked three.

Hudson plays at Eau Claire North on Thursday.

Suiting up for the final time for Superior (14-10)  were seniors Drake and Devin Samarzia, Moen, Wing, Dom D’Auria, Spencer Udeen and Michael LaJoie.

“Despite the tough outcome, it was great to be in the dugout with the team,” SHS coach Don Dembroski said. “The players, managers, and coaches. Competing with these young men is what makes it special.

“The end of the year is always difficult as you say goodbye to those seniors you’ve watched grow over the years. They will be missed.”

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